The Board intends to prioritize Fundraising, Strategic Planning and Implementation in this position.


The Executive Director (ED) leads the development and implementation of initiatives and programs that broaden the visibility and support of Cave Creek Museum and its historical significance. The ED is a relationship builder, an ambassador, a fundraiser for CCM, and an integral part of the community. The ED is responsible for the financial management, interpretation, preservation, maintenance, and sustainability of the museum as an educational resource to visitors and as an historic tourist destination of choice. The ED will also be responsible for the ongoing promotion and enhancement of Cave Creek Museum and its reputation and impact in the local community.

The ED will have a history of success with the following: fiscal management, staff leadership, acuity, marketing, and guiding creative talent within an organization. The ED will bring professional experience to help implement the strategic plan that will guide CCM for years to come.


Personal Characteristics & Attributes (Qualifications):

  • Has a deep commitment to the interpretation and presentation of local history and culture
  • Is a flexible thinker with innovative approaches to overcoming challenges
  • Embraces change while shaping organizational direction
  • Able to interact diplomatically with people of all ages, statuses, and education level
  • Has excellent communication skills including public speaking, writing, persuasion and negotiation
  • Exhibits integrity, good citizenship, and a strong work ethic
  • Possess a commitment to continuing education and personal improvement
  • Is passionate at sharing the Cave Creek Museum story
  • Is comfortable with delegating and overseeing tasks when necessary and feasible

Institutional & Operational Management:

  • Is responsible for day-to-day oversight of museum departments.
  • Follows all federal and state nonprofit rules and regulations and the Museum’s governing documents
  • Is an experienced, effective manager and team builder with a high level of integrity, transparent leadership
  • Maintains and expands museum’s individual and corporate membership programs
  • Manages museum business, including real and personal property
  • Balances multiple projects and operating issues concurrently
  • Has some knowledge in a variety of contract negotiations and administration
  • Cultivates the value of diversity and respect
  • Serves as a liaison with towns of Cave Creek and Carefree and local community organizations and businesses
  • Uses membership/collections experience in databases, financial reporting programs and store POS programs
  • Develops the Annual Report in a timely fashion with input from staff and committees
  • Ensures by or before deadline all federal (IRS 990) and state (AZ Corporation Commission) documents filings
  • Works collaboratively and cooperatively with Board members, donors, staff, partners, and volunteers
  • Has knowledge of office procedures, equipment and software (or able to learn in a timely manner)
  • Has skill in and uses current communication, marketing, and social media practices
  • Is familiar with National Standards and Best Practices for Museums, and the Secretary of the Interior’s Standards for Historic Preservation.
  • Participates in museum/history organizations (i.e. AAM, AASLH, and NCPH nationally, and MAA and CAMA locally)
  • Understands and uses adaptive, short and long-range organizational planning
  • Will develop programs, design budgets, and evaluate program performance utilizing data and visitor feedback

Staff & Volunteer Management:

  • Is experienced at hiring, training, and guiding a staff
  • Is experienced in recruiting/training, assigning to tasks, and retaining volunteers for customer services in guest experiences, and thanking volunteers regularly.
  • Is responsible for the administration of personnel policies and benefit programs
  • Is experienced at and will train others on customer service and cultivating a guest experience
  • Cultivates a positive working environment, strong staff morale, and a culture of excellence, openness and teamwork among staff, volunteers, and the Board of Directors
  • Delegates responsibility to committee chairs with a requirement from them of monthly updates
  • Implements ongoing professional development for staff and volunteers
  • Aids and assists staff members in achieving organizational goals and objectives

Board Relations:

  • Cooperatively works with and reports to the CCM Board President and Board of Directors
  • Monthly provides the Board all information necessary to its proper function
  • Has ability to assist in the selection, evaluation, orientation, and training of new Board members
  • Coordinates regular Board training as outlined in the legal requirements of nonprofit governance regarding fiduciary responsibility under the Duty of Care, Duty of Loyalty, and Duty of Obedience
  • Collaborates with the Board of Directors in defining long-term goals and implements plans for growth
  • Works with the Board to develop and execute all museum fundraising
  • Works with Board and staff to achieve museum goals and objectives
  • At times takes on other duties as defined by the Board of Directors

Programs, Exhibits, & Events:

  • Assists with program development, ensuring excellence of the CCM programs, exhibits, and events
  • Maintains calendar of events and all meetings
  • Evaluates the effectiveness of programs, events, and projects
  • Attends, or assigns a representative, museum programs and events at times occurring evenings and weekends

 Financial & Fundraising Management:

  • Works with the Treasurer and staff to develop annual and multi-year budgets, approve expenditures, and control expenses
  • Implements strategies and plans to strengthen the balance sheet and ensure financial stability
  • Works with the Board to develop, review, and update the strategic plan and associated revenue streams, built on the collective vision for the future
  • Uses experience in fundraising leadership for campaigns and capital projects
  • Uses experience with all facets of fund development for operations, programs, and capital projects from a wide variety of public, corporate, and individual sources
  • With the Board enthusiastically uses skills to cultivate donor relationship and measure fundraising goals
  • With the Board develops and implements a sound fundraising plan for individual donors, corporate sponsors and foundations
  • With the Board develops and maintains key donor, volunteer, and stakeholder relationships
  • Cultivates donors, solicits donations, and stewards donors effectively
  • Prepares and oversees the development of grant requests in collaboration with the committee chairs with which the grant will serve